Audio captures last moments of ill-fated Rockefeller flight

On the morning of June 13, 2014, Richard Rockefeller arrived at Westchester County Airport at 7:45  a.m. and made his way to the fixed base operator to pick up his Piper PA-46-500TP, which he was flying home to Portland, Maine. The fixed base operator, a sort of airport service station where planes are serviced and hangared, had put 60 gallons of Jet-A fuel into the plane and it was ready to fly.

The weather was overcast with 1/4 mile visibility in fog. The wind was from 090 degrees at 6 knots.  Instrument meteorological conditions prevailed and an instrument flight rules flight plan was filed for Rockefeller’s flight, which was destined for Portland International Jetport.

Rockefeller asked that his plane be brought outside and prepared for an immediate departure. According to information provided by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Rockefeller took off from Westchester County at 8:06 a.m. Almost immediately, the plane disappeared.

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Jeff Bustraan